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For her work as set decorator on Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, Brigitte Broch won the Academy Award, shared with art director Catherine Martin. The duo had previously been jointly Oscar-nominated in the same capacities for their work on the director's William Shakespeare's 'Romeo + Juliet..'.
21 Grams marks Ms. Broch's third collaboration with Alejandro González Iñárritu, following their work together on Amores perros and the short film Powder Keg. Her work on the former brought her a Silver Ariel Award (Mexico's equivalent of the Academy Award).
Born in Germany, she emigrated to Mexico in 1968. Her career in art direction began when she was hired by Mexican director Luis Mandoki to work as production manager on a documentary for Mexico's Indigeneous Institute. Her next feature work was on Guita Schyfter's Los Caminos de Graham Greene, which led to a dozen more Mexican movies, including Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed Cronos and Alfonso Cuáron's debut feature Sólo con tu pareja (a.k.a. Love in the Time of Hysteria). Among her other credits as production designer are Antonio Serrano's Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (for which she also won a Silver Ariel Award) and La Hija del cannibal (a.k.a. Lucia, Lucia) and Patricia Cardoso's Real Women Have Curves.